Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Burkie's family to receive his health records after pre-action letter

Relatives of Cedric 'Burkie' Burke have sent a pre-action protocol letter to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Chief Medical Officer seeking to prevent the disposal of his body before an independent autopsy is conducted.

This comes as Burke's loved ones do not believe he contracted COVID-19.

The grieving family has demanded that the relevant authorities release Burke's medical records since his admission into hospital on September 9 until his death on September 11. They also insist that his body be preserved.

In a letter responding to the request on Saturday, the legal advisor to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Mala Kowlessar-Tagallie, said the MoH had 'no objection' to preserving Burke's body or his medical records. However, someone must present documents proving they are Burke's lawful next of kin. This has since been done and all requested documents have been approved to be handed over.

The attorneys representing Burke’s family include Richard Clarke Wills, Lemuel Murphy and Chelsea John.

Burke, a father of 17, first went to the Port of Spain General Hospital on Wednesday after he fell ill.

The following day he was taken to the Arima Hospital to be quarantined before he was transferred to the Couva Hospital on Friday.

Relatives were told that his death was as a result of complications linked to COVID-19.

However, Burke's family remains unconvinced, as they've noted that he was in high spirits and 'appeared normal' in the lead up to his passing.



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